Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca yesterday signed an executive order implementing strict border control, restrictions on the movement of people, and internal security within the borders of Victorias City starting today until August 31.
Palanca, in Executive Order No. 40, Series of 2020, said the Victorias local government is committed to ensure the health and safety of its people by preventing the spread of the virus, particularly from Bacolod City which has an alarming surge of COVID-19 cases.
Palanca told the DAILY STAR that, as of yesterday, there has been no COVID-19 local transmission in his city.
A “Timeout Weekend” will be held in Bacolod City on August 28 to 29, and in Silay, Talisay and Bago cities, and Murcia town August 30-31 in relation to the COVID-19 mass testing proposed by former Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez in order to restrict the movements of travelers and visitors, Palanca said.
They do not want people from areas covered by mass COVID-19 testing to go to Victorias City to avoid the “Timeout Weekend”, he said.
Palanca said they will allow the entry only of essential workers and employees of establishments and industries, and persons in the exercise of their profession or conduct of their businesses located in Victorias City that have been authorized to operate during the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).
Such persons must present their government/company/facility I.D. or any certification as proof of their employment or exercise of profession, and health card issued by the Victorias City Health Office, the EO said.
Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) with the company ID/Certificate of Employment must also present a valid negative RT-PCR certification issued by accredited testing hospitals, it added.
All returning Victoriahanons from Bacolod City and other parts of Negros Occidental must also present a valid negative RT-PCR certification from accredited medical testing hospitals and should have proper coordination with the Victorias City IATF.
Those who fail to comply with the requirements shall be denied entry, the EO said.
Persons who insist on entering the border will be required to undergo a mandatory 14-day facility or home quarantine, whichever is applicable, it added.
The movement of all types of cargoes within the areas under any form of community quarantine will be unhampered provided that only a maximum of five personnel may operate cargo or delivery vehicles with or without load, it said.*
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